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Izvestia
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Rossiiskaya Gazeta
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Trud
Komsomolskaya Pravda
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Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

Dmitry Titov, head of the Volgograd garden association Energetik, has been cracking down on local garden and dacha thieves for three years. A story describes his efforts, focusing on his own specific methods that have made it possible to considerably cut the number of thefts. (1,2)

The Buryatia Prosecutor's Office has closed the notorious Buryat-Turkish Lyceum in Ulan-Ude. The Federal Security Service reported contacts between the Ufuk Turkish Fund, which finances this educational establishment, and Islamic fundamentalists. A story describes the origin and serious problems of this school. (1,2)

An editorial is devoted to Russian Cinema Day that is being celebrated on Wednesday. Deputy Culture Minister Alexander Golutva, head of the Cinematography Service, spoke at a recent news conference about successes and problems with his agency. (2)

Central Election Commission Chairman Alexander Veshnyakov told a Moscow gathering of regional election commissions heads on Tuesday what they should do and which laws they should apply in the next four months. A story examines the major points of his report. (2, Kommersant, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Gazeta, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2)

Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov at the Elections-2003 forum in the Manezh Exhibition Hall on Tuesday spoke about his party's new members, about the results of the KPRF faction's work in the State Duma and about the party's tasks in the election campaign. (3, Kommersant, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Gazeta, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2)

Russia has been a member of the international anti-terror coalition headed by the United States for almost two years. Nikolai Zlobin, director of the Russian and Asian Programs of the U.S. Defense Information Center, reflects on the main results of its membership, how the war affected Russia's contacts with the West, and which themes Putin and Bush will discuss during their upcoming meeting at Camp David?. (3)

Ukraine has no intention of coming to an agreement with Russia about the deadline for its accession into the World Trade Organization. This was announced by Ukraine's Foreign Minister Anatoly Zlenko. Brief. (3)

Cyprian government official spokesman Kipros Khrisostomidis said Tuesday that the visa regime between Russia and Cyprus will be imposed on Jan. 1, 2004. Brief. (3)

The Sakhalin region will most likely hold an early election for a new governor on Dec. 7. This is after Governor Igor Farkhutdinov died in a helicopter crash. The election will be combined with the State Duma elections. Brief. (3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 4)

The number of refugees living in tent camps in Ingushetia since the start of this year has decreased by three times. This was announced by Chechen government head Anatoly Popov. Brief. (3)

Six-sided negotiations are to begin in Beijing on Wednesday. These have been called to eliminate the threat of war in the Far East and to resolve the conflict caused by North Korea's unwillingness to observe the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. A story describes the event and its language problem, saying why Russia's participation was at first unwanted. (4, Noviye Izvestia,5, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 6)

The government submitted the 2004 draft budget to the State Duma on Tuesday. A story examines its final features, pointing to Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Kudrin's assurances that the budget will be met regardless of oil prices. The state is divided into two camps over this financial document. (5, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 3, Kommersant, 2, Noviye Izvestia, 4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

Kiev on Tuesday again discussed the creation of an International Consortium to manage the Ukrainian gas transportation system. The consortium itself has not been created yet, but its main participants, Russia and Ukraine, agreed to build a new gas pipeline that will allow Russia to deliver another 28 billion cubic meters of gas to Europe annually. This construction project will cost the consortium $2 billion to $2.5 billion. A story examines the results of negotiations on the issue. (5, Kommersant, 1)

Federal Securities Commission head Igor Kostikov said Tuesday that Russia has outstripped most developing markets and several countries in Western Europe by capitalization of the stock market. A story comments on Kostikov's statement, citing views shared by two analysts. (5, Gazeta, 8, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

A story offers an analysis of the last week's situation on world stock markets. (5)

A crisis has hit the pension system in the United States. A story notes that it could pose a threat not only to the well-being of Americans but also to big companies. (5)

The Moscow Department of City Construction Investment Programs on Tuesday presented a new program of work with clients. The department will now not only invest in new housing construction but also work on the established real estate market. A story examines the new program. (7)

The Moscow monorail's first train will be tested on City Day on Sept. 6. Brief. (7)

Four new housing developments will be built in the Moscow region in the next five years. The brief looks at this project. (7)

Moscow architects are discussing the construction date of the Alexander Nevsky chapel on Manezh Square for this year. A story examines the project in detail. (7)

The Moscow government on Tuesday declared a war on companies that illegally use the word "ecology" as well as other related expressions. These may be used only with permission from the noncommercial partnership Moscow Ecological Products. (7, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 6)

Moscow authorities have decided to put things into order on the Moscow River and the Moscow Canal, where practically all moorings for small vessels have been built in violation of environmental and fire safety rules. A story comments on the issue. (7, Gazeta, 1, 2)

Canadian authorities announced Tuesday that they have solved the biggest swindling case using bank cards in the history of the country. Five Russians (their names are given) used counterfeit cards to withdrawl $1,200,000 from Canadian bank accounts. Brief. (8)

A pensioner living in Krasnoarmeisk (Saratov region) has found a treasure in his garden -- nearly three kilograms of gold bracelets, rings, chains and coins. A story describes the treasure and its origin.(8)

The collision of two Mi-24B military helicopters during the Vostok-2003 exercises on the Sergeyevsky testing ground in Primorye on Tuesday left six pilots dead. A story describes the tragedy. (8, Kommersant, 4, Gazeta, 1, 4, Noviye Izvestia, 1,3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 10, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, MK, 2)

Former Russian media magnate Vladimir Gusinsky, who was arrested in Athens on Aug. 21 on a warrant from Russia, was transferred to a prison hospital. At the same time the Prosecutor General's Office has begun to prepare documents necessary for his extradition. A story focuses on the difficulties with this process. (8, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Kommersant, 3, Gazeta, 3, MK, 1,2)

The Territorial Public Self-Government Organization has been created in the Arkhangelsk region with the aim of improving the situation in villages there. The Arkhangelsk experiment has interested the World Bank, which launched its own program to develop rural territories in Russia. Director of the Institute of Public and Humanitarian Initiatives Gleb Tyurin said, "What is emerging in our region today may become the seed of genuine democracy in Russia." A story features the new developments in the region. (9)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

A new pre-election scandal erupted in Karachayevo-Cherkessia on Tuesday when a group of voters demanded the suspension of the election process in the republic. They believe that numerous violations during the first round of the presidential elections on Aug. 17 should be investigated. A story describes the conflict. (1)

Five out of the seven candidates running for the gubernatorial seat in the Novgorod region have sent a statement to the Central Election Commission head Alexander Veshnyakov, Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov and President Vladimir Putin. They ask for an annulment of the registration of candidate Mikhail Prusak, the present governor, who they think is grossly violating electoral legislation. A story comments on the statement. (2)

In an interview Chechen government head Anatoly Popov, who will act as the republic's president during the election campaign, shares his positive view on the nomination process in Chechnya. He looks optimistically at upcoming presidential elections there. (2)

Results of the investigation into a tragic death by Sakhalin governor Igor Farkhutdinov and his administration staff in a helicopter accident show that passengers played a role in the tragedy. The helicopter's route was changed on their demand. A story examines the results of the investigation. (4)

Results of the competition to select a pension depositary are expected to be announced on Wednesday. The name of the winner -- the United Depositary Company belonging to Vneshtorgbank -- became clear on Tuesday. A story describes a session of the competition commission. (5, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

The Anti-Monopoly Ministry on Tuesday endorsed a deal creating TNK-BP. The merger will be completed in late August or early September. A story comments on the decision. (1, Gazeta, 8)

Former Uralsib bank vice president Salavat Migranov is taking court action against the bank. He believes that its privatization was carried out illegally. A story examines the case. (6)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov visited the Permskiye Motor company in Perm on Tuesday, where he discussed the creation of the federal aircraft engine-building center. Kasyanov decided that Perm is the best place for such a center. A story examines the results of his visit to Perm. (6, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 9)

Railways Minister Gennady Fadeyev and Branswick Capital Ltd Board of Directors head Christopher McKenzie announced the creation of Branswick Rail Leasing after their meeting on Tuesday. It is to be a joint venture between Branswick Capital Ltd and the Russian Transgroup AS company. A story describes the aim of the new company. (7)

Fish quota issues have flared up again. The governors of fishing regions and several fishery associations are displeased with the government's plans to alter the system of distributing fishing quotas. They also dislike the existing system. A story examines the conflicting situation, focusing on both sides' views. (7)

The Ost-Aqua Distillery in the Moscow region has launched the production of an alcoholic cocktail Stolichnaya Ice, with a license from Soyuzplodimports. A story saying how experts regard this move. (7)

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

Iteko, a company that has generally shied away from releasing information about its operations, made public for the first time a document detailing its business, shareholders and assets. It is reported that the company has taken this measure in the hope of raising 1.2 billion rubles ($40 million) for a large-scale construction project. The story provides details. (A1)

Only 15 percent of Russians believe that President Vladimir Putin wields primary power inside the Kremlin, according to a recent poll conducted by the Agency of Regional Political Studies. A story comments on the poll's results. (A1)

Federal Securities Commission head Igor Kostikov believes the domestic stock market is heading in a positive direction. A story cites figures. (A1)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has endorsed a list of 38 regions to receive federal subsidies, in accordance with measures passed by the State Duma. A brief provides figures, showing how much assistance several of these regions will receive. (A1)

It was expected that the United Depository company, owned by Vneshtorgbank, on Wednesday would be announced the winner of a bid to hold federal securities in which pension accumulations are invested. Brief. (A1)

A story examines a letter sent by Tyumen regional governor Sergei Sobyanin to Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin. In the letter, Sobyanin projects a problematic financial situation for his region once a law detailing the reorganization of regional power bodies goes into effect in 2005. (A2)

Several big businesses have become lobbyists for the Kyoto Protocol. It is reported that Unified Energy Systems, MDM Group, Gazprombank, RusAl, Eurazholding and Sibur intend to join the National Carbon Agreement. A story examines the companies' decisions. (A3)

The Labor Ministry has submitted a proposal to exempt the non-state pension fund from paying profit taxes. A story examines the proposal and includes reactions by different governmental bodies. (A3

In an interview, Aeroflot president Alexander Zurabov speaks about his new job, explaining the nature of his company's current problems. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets& MARKETS SUPPLEMENT

The Anti-Monopoly Ministry has endorsed an alliance between BP and the Tyumen Oil Company that was struck in the presence of President Vladimir Putin and British Prime Minister Tony Blair. With $18 billion in assets, the reorganized company will be made official in September. (B1)

Leading domestic cellular operator Mobile TeleSystems has announced 2nd quarter earnings that surpass all previous market expectations. A story provides details. (B1)

Extreme weather patterns have had a negative effect on many European businesses for the second summer in a row. Many such companies have for a long time been insuring themselves against weather-related damages, but many are now taking further protective measures. A story explains. (B1)

The Russian-Finish joint venture Amtel Nokian Tires plans to increase production by up to 4 million tires per year by 2005, according to company head Yury Krukoff. Brief. (B1)

The Gorky auto plant plans to increase its net profit fivefold from last year's figures according to company director Alexei Barantsev. Brief. (B1)

Ukraine and Russia have agreed to build a new pipeline that will pump 28 billion cubic meters of gas per year. The construction project is expected to cost up to $2.5 billion. Brief. (B1)

The Russian bus company, part of the Ruspromavto holding, plans to produce more than $500 million in buses by 2005, according to company head Sergei Zanozin. Brief. (B1)

The Kremlin has voted to restore an old project conducted by the Federal Engine-Building Center in the Perm region. A story examines the project. (B2)

Sberbank and the Siberian Coal Energy have signed an agreement to launch a credit line with a $102 million limit over three years, according to Sberbank's Press Service. (B2)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

A story examines several possible reasons behind a series of recent domestic plane crashes. (1,2)

The Volzhsky auto plant, better known as VAZ, presented six new top-of-the-range cars to journalists on Tuesday at their testing grounds outside Dmitrov in the Moscow region. A story describes the vehicles in detail. (2)

Deputy Foreign Minister Eleonora Mitrofanova, in charge of both work with Russians living abroad and international cultural ties, spoke about the position of the Russian language in the CIS and the Baltic states during a business lunch on Tuesday. A story provides her comments. (3)

The Moscow District Military Court on Tuesday completed reading the indictment of the murder case of Moskovsky Komsomolets correspondent Dmitry Kholodov. A story examines the case and the accused. (3)

State Duma deputy Alexei Mitrofanov of the LDPR faction, who has announced his intention to run for the presidency of Bashkiria, speaks about his plans for the republic if he is elected. A story looks at his program. (5, Trud 6)

In an interview, Aeroflot Director-General Valery Okulov explains what his company has gained from the recent MAKS 2003 air show in Zhukovsky. (5)

The national postal operator Russian Post was officially created last week with Igor Syrtsov as its Director-General. A story examines this company, focusing on its first steps. (5)

The State Council is to travel to Rostov-on-Don on Sept. 3 to hold a session to discuss a national program titled, "Water of Russia -- the 21st Century." In an interview presidential envoy to the Southern Federal District Viktor Kazantsev concentrates on several serious problems, including a lack of funds for reviving and protecting reservoirs. (6)

Crataegi tincture is the most popular alternative medicine in St. Petersburg today, with people drinking it instead of vodka. A story examines the medicine, its ingredients, the producers and its users. (7)

Recent information about the construction of toll roads has aroused a number of questions from car owners. In an interview Toll Roads Directorate head Alexander Svetlichny answers questions about GAI officers on such roads and the payment of tolls. (7)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta publishes a Health Ministry order concerning the improvement of the quality of medical and prophylactic aid delivered to homeless and runaway children. The full text of the order is given with a commentary. (9-11)

The World Conference on Climate Change will be held in Moscow on Sept. 29 to Oct. 3. In an interview, Yury Izrael, Director of the Institute of Global Climate and Ecology, comments on unusual climactic events, such as the extreme heat this summer in France. Rossiiskaya Gazeta. Nauchnaya. Supplement. (I, II)

Argumenty i Fakty
www.aif.ru

In an interview, Interior Minister Boris Gryzlov talks about the workforce shortage in the country, and about how this serious problem is being solved. He also speaks about those who enjoy the right to come to Russia without visas. (3)

A political forum at the Manezh Exhibition Hall took place from Aug. 22 to Aug. 27. A story sums up its results, focusing on the public document signed by parties at the forum and on the large amounts of drinks and snacks available afterwards. (4)

LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky's statement in an interview that it is bad to have so many political parties sounds a bit as strange, as according to the paper it was Zhirinovsky who previously spoke in favor of a multi-party system as a principle of democracy. (8, Trud, 7, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 9)

In an interview, Dmitry Rogozin, head of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, talks about the alignment of political forces and key figures in the world of politics. He also speaks about how the West presently perceives Russia and about how Russia could influence the attitude the world has towards it. (9)

A story examines animals, birds and insects that have been launched into space with cosmonauts, looking at their role in space exploration. (22)

Agrarian Party leader Mikhail Lapshin early this week made a statement in the press in which he called the government's 2004 draft budget the willful destruction of the Russian agrarian sector. In an interview Lapshin describes his position on the issue. (13)

A feature story highlights Soviet pilot Lieutenant-Colonel Gennady Osipovich, who on Sept. 1 1983 downed a South-Korean Boeing-747 passenger jet with 269 people on board. In flying above Kamchatka the plane had violated Russian air space. (25)

Trud
www.trud.ru

Rostov Veliky intellectuals are trying to protect the historic city archives that local authorities plan to take to Yaroslavl. Protesters have sent an indignant letter to the governor, asking him to save these documents for the city. A story describes their protest. (2)

Deputy Prime Minister Galina Karelova and Education Minister Vladimir Filippov on Tuesday opened a traditional Internet-teachers' conference, which will last until Sept. 12. Its aim is to see how schools in different cities have prepared for the start of the new academic year on Sept. 1. A story examines several recommendations from officials. (1,2)

As many as 263 people died in Moscow in the first six months of this year due to alcohol poisoning. The figure for the whole of Russia is 22,000. (5)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

Stroigarant workers have found a rare species of turtle at the bottom of a pond on Ulitsa Rokotova in Moscow's Yasenevo. The turtle had a red ear. A story describes this find. (6)

As many as 200 enterprise directors employed by oligarchs receive salaries of $1 million a year. A story describes the directors and the companies that employ them. (8)

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

Moscow city authorities have decided to renovate city underpasses, making them safe and more comfortable. A story examines the project. (1)

The price of all types of visas for Russians planning to visit or emigrate to Thailand has more than doubled this week. A story comments on the decision by the Thai Embassy in Moscow. (1)

During the City Day festival on Sept. 6 and 7 will be able to buy subsidized food thanks to the Moscow city government. A story looks at the measure. (1)

A story characterizes Mayor Yury Luzhkov, whom Muscovites will undoubtedly re-elect to the post later this year. (3)